Originally posted by twhitehead
I am generally against plans like this because of the potential for distracting us from the electric car. Once we make some breakthroughs with batteries, specifically lighter and lower costs, then the electric car will beat the fuel driven vehicle on every front.
I believe however that electric cars are already a better deal than fuel, and the problem is ...[text shortened]... rocess.
But we are getting there. Toyota already has hybrids making up over 10% of their sales.
Once we make some breakthroughs with batteries, specifically lighter and lower costs, then the electric car will beat the fuel driven vehicle on every front.
I believe you are right. Battery technology is incrementally improving all the time and, because of the way second low of thermodynamics works 'against' (if that is the right word ) heat engines, the theoretical maximum energy efficiency of the combustion engine will never be as high as that for an electric engine with a battery. This is just partly why I think it will be just a matter of when, not if, electric cars will completely take over combustion engine cars -the 'when' being the operative word here.
Although there is the possibility that fuel cell powered cars using biofuel (such as ethanol ) could also pan out for a while, they would have their own problems and limitations (temperature sensitivity being just one of them ) and I doubt they could be made to be as cost effective as the best possible electric cars.